The kransekake, which translates to "wreath cake", is the signature cake of Norway and a showstopping confection that is made for special occasions. And as impressive as a tall tower made out of eighteen delicate cookie rings is, this sweet stunner is surprisingly straightforward to make. The naturally gluten-free dough is made from processing almonds until finely ground, then confectioners' sugar and egg whites are added to bind it together. After an overnight rest, the dough is rolled into ropes and fitted into specialty molds. Once baked, the rings are stacked sky-high and kept in place with royal icing, which pulls double duty as both glue and garnish.
Shaped Icebox Cookies
Try one of our shaped icebox-cookie variations: Almond-Cherry Coins; Apricot-Pistachio Triangles; Almond and Candied Orange Zest Bars; White Chocolate, Hazelnut, and Cherry Triangles; Papaya, Macadamia, and Coconut Triangles; Cranberry-Orange Coins; Chocolate, Walnut, and Cranberry Coins; Candied-Fruit Squares; Almond and Ginger Bars.
Basic French Macarons
Want to learn how to make macarons? We've taken the guesswork out of making these patisserie beauties, so you can prepare them at home. Our foolproof macarons recipe calls for making your own almond flour (it's so much easier than it seems), then adding just four other ingredients: powdered sugar, egg whites, white sugar, and any filling you please.
Poached-Pear Frangipane Tart
Pears are poached in mulled wine here, infusing the fruit with spices and giving the exteriors a deep crimson hue. When sliced and nestled into the rich frangipane filling, they create a glorious ombre effect.
Chocolate Ganache Tart
Ganache is a luxurious filling made of heavy cream and dark chocolate. Here, it's poured into a buttery almond shortbread crust. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 603.
Warm from the oven, these brownies are a chewy, gooey treat. When refrigerated, they cut into neat bars and will keep, tightly covered, about a week.
No-Bake Chocolate-Almond Oat Bars
Almonds do double duty here -- silky almond butter helps hold the bars together, while chopped toasted almonds add just the right amount of crunch.
One of Martha's all-time favorite gelatin desserts, blancmange is like a large-format panna cotta. In French, 'blanc' means white and 'manger' means to eat. Martha ups the ante by making hers with cinnamon-steeped almond milk and just the right amount of cream.